In this section I rifle through the recent cognitive psychology literature and pick out a paper which looks interesting to me based on the abstract alone. I then proceed to examine the authors’ aims, methodology, analysis and interpretation. Hopefully along the way we will not only learn a little about the topic of the paper, but, in appraising it with a critical eye, perhaps also derive some lessons about the scientific method.
Importantly, these are not ‘bad’ papers. Indeed, unless papers I find interesting are more likely to be bad (maybe), they should be representative of the standard of papers being published in the main cognitive psychology journals at the moment.
Articles within this section:
- Is Agency Rewarding? - or, the problem of researcher degrees of freedom and demand characteristics
- Super Recognisers - or, how scientists sex their papers up to get them published
- Clash of Civilisations - or, how real life is much more boring than fantasy novels
- That Facebook Paper - or, how effect sizes can be really really really small and the problem of confounds